Pegasus competitions hailed a big success

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RIDERS with disabilities took their first steps towards emulating the success of British riders at the Paralympic Games by taking part in competitions held at the Pegasus Centre in Tranwell.

There were more than 50 entries from across the region for the dressage and countryside challenge contests, organised by the Morpeth Riding for the Disabled (RDA) Group.

Winners in the dressage events included Derrick Cleminson, Emily Dodgin, Sarah Brooks, Hannah Palmer, Robyn Rowntree, Liz Kipling and mother and daughter, Gillian and Caitlin McHale.

Winners in the countryside challenge competitions included Craig Hudson, James Middleton, Michael Benson and Hannah Palmer.

Pegasus Centre Manager Martin Peagam said: “Everyone has enjoyed themselves and we have seen many participants demonstrating that they have acquired wonderful riding skills.

“We see this event as an important part of what we do at the Pegasus Centre.

“Competition allows riders to see how they are progressing and the performances of senior riders provide inspiration for our younger and less experienced riders.”

Morpeth RDA Group Chairman Malcolm Haigh was delighted by the success of the event.

“We invited riders from RDA groups across the north region to take part in the competitions, so we are particularly delighted that we were joined by riders from Carlisle and that one of their contingent was a winner,” he added.